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Claude Giroux tried to rally Flyers…with his fists

Jan 20, 2012, 12:17 PM EDT

With his team down 2-0 to the Islanders last night, Philadelphia Flyers leading scorer Claude Giroux tried to swing the momentum not with a goal — but a fight.

The third fight of his three-year NHL career, to be specific.

Giroux threw down with New York defenseman Dylan Reese — appearing in his second career NHL tilt — in what could best be described as a hug-fest.

One commenter quipped, “All that was missing on this one was a kiss and a cigarette.”

“We got into a couple of slashes and hooks, me and him, pretty much the whole game,” Giroux told CSN Philadelphia following the game. “It had to be done.”

What “had to be done” didn’t have much of an impact. The Flyers looked as listless after Giroux’s fight as they did prior to, with Sergei Bobrovsky providing the quote of the night: “I really didn’t think anything [of it].”

That said, at least one of Giroux’s teammates seemed to appreciate the fighting effort. That would be Daniel Briere, who himself engaged in a rare scrap with Ottawa’s Kyle Turris two weeks ago.

“You don’t want to see that happening too often,” Briere said. “But at the same time, he’s showing that he’s got some fire in him and that’s gonna happen once in a while.

“I was hoping that was the boost we needed to get us going but we just weren’t able to finish on our chances.”

  1. miketoasty - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Well, that was cute. Kind of looked like when two people go in for a hug and just have no idea what the other is trying to do.

  2. rexadelphia8 - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    You go G

  3. laurely515 - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    The worst part of that video was after the fight, when they showed Jody Shelley on the bench. It shouldn’t have fallen to G to fight; fighting is the only reason Shelley is in the league, let alone on the Flyers. If Rinaldo had been in the lineup, he would have dropped the gloves by then.

  4. adirondack77 - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Isles are starting to look good. This will be a dangerous team in the near future.

  5. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    imagine that, a hug fest from a sissy flyer. claudes a wanna be malkin

    • vismund11 - Jan 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      He’s just frustrated because he’s been riding high alll season and he’s hit a slump. He doesn’t get paid to fight, he gets paid to make plays and score goals, which he’s done this season in spades. And for the record he can swing them, search on youtube for when he took it to that little S*** Tyler Kennedy on the Pens.

  6. pistolpete31 - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Wouldn’t be fighting if I had just recovered form a concussion

  7. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    yea keep hoping your filthadelphia flyers will beat the pens in a playoff game someday.. hahahahahaha. lets go boys!

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